Animal Crossing Bugs And Fish December
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Every month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons a selection of the game's 80 fish, 80 bugs and 40 sea creatures cycle in or out. The catchable creatures that make up your Critterpedia migrate based on the real-time seasons tied to your Switch's internal clock, so unless you mess with your console's clock and engage in some time-travelling shenanigans, Friday 31st December is the last day for some time that you'll be able to catch the fish and bugs listed below — unless you get lucky and visit a different season on one of Kapp'n's Island Boat Tours, that is.

The seasons in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are based on your choice of Northern or Southern hemisphere at the beginning of the game. Different fish and bugs coming and going every month, but wherever you are in the world you'll have the opportunity to catch everything at some point during a calendar year.

We have listed all the bugs, fish and sea creatures that will be leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons in both hemispheres below. They are listed in Critterpedia order but click the column headers to reorder them to your liking.

In addition to the outgoing critters, we have also listed the incoming fish, bugs and sea creatures returning after a hiatus to each hemisphere this month.

If you're after more information on bugs, fish or sea creatures, check out our complete New Horizons fish guide, bug guide and sea creature guide. Each contains information regarding the exact location of all critters on your island along with when they're available. Don't forget to also check out our exhaustive Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide hub while you're at it.

Fish, Bugs and Sea Creatures leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the end of December (Northern Hemisphere)

The following fish will no longer be available to catch in January in the Northern hemisphere:

Fish pic

Fish name

Time of day

Location

Returns in

24. Pike Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish

Pike

All day and night

Rivers

Sep 2022

The following bugs will no longer be available to catch in January in the Northern hemisphere:

Bug pic

Bug name

Time of day

Location

Returns in

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The following sea creatures will no longer be available to catch in January in the Northern hemisphere:

Sea Creature name

Time of day

Returns in

Mussel

Any time

Jun 2022

Spiny Lobster

9pm - 4am

Oct 2022

Turban Shell

Any time

Mar 2022

Fish, Bugs and Sea Creatures leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the end of December (Southern Hemisphere)

The following fish will no longer be available to catch in December in the Southern hemisphere:

Fish pic

Fish name

Time of day

Location

Returns in

27. Cherry Salmon Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish

Cherry Salmon

4pm - 9am

Rivers

Mar 2022

28. Char Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish

Char

4pm - 9am

Clifftop river

Mar 2022

The following bugs will no longer be available to catch in January in the Southern hemisphere:

Bug pic

Bug name

Time of day

Location

Returns in

1. Common Butterfly Animal Crossing New Horizons Bug

Common Butterfly

4am - 7pm

Air

Mar 2022

2. Yellow Butterfly Animal Crossing New Horizons Bug

Yellow Butterfly

4am - 7pm

Air

Mar 2022

4. Peacock Butterfly Animal Crossing New Horizons Bug

Peacock Butterfly

4am - 7pm

Air (around hybrid flowers)

Sep 2022

36. Firefly Animal Crossing New Horizons Bug

Firefly

7pm - 4am

Air

Dec 2022

43. Ladybug Animal Crossing New Horizons Bug

Ladybug

8am - 5pm

Flowers

Apr 2022

46. Violin Beetle Animal Crossing New Horizons Bug

Violin Beetle

All day and night

Tree stumps

Mar 2022

76. Pill Bug Animal Crossing New Horizons Bug

Pill Bug

11pm - 4pm

Rocks (hit them)

Mar 2022

77. Centipede Animal Crossing New Horizons Bug

Centipede

4pm - 11pm

Rocks (hit them)

Mar 2022

The following sea creatures will no longer be available to catch in January in the Southern hemisphere:

Sea Creature name

Time of day

Returns in

Firefly Squid

9pm - 4am

Sep 2022

Lobster

Any time

Jun 2022

Incoming Critters in November - Fish, Bugs and Sea Creatures returning in December

Northern Hemisphere

These are the fish and bugs returning in December in the Northern hemisphere:

New Fish (December - Northern hemisphere)

  • Pond Smelt (All day and night / Rivers)
  • Stringfish (4pm - 9am / Clifftop rivers)
  • Sea Butterfly (9pm - 4am / Sea)
  • Squid (All day and night / Sea)
  • Oarfish (All day and night / Sea)

New Bugs (December - Northern hemisphere)

  • Emperor Butterfly (5pm - 8am / Air)
  • Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (8am - 5pm / Air)
  • Dung Beetle (All day and night / Ground - rolling snowballs)

New Sea Creatures (December - Northern hemisphere)

  • Lobster (Any time / Sea)

Southern Hemisphere

These are the fish and bugs returning in December in the Southern hemisphere:

New Fish (December - Southern hemisphere)

  • Giant Snakehead (9am - 4pm / Ponds)
  • Tilapia (All day and night / Rivers)
  • Piranha (9am - 4pm, 9pm - 4am / Rivers)
  • Arowana (4pm - 9am / Rivers)
  • Dorado (4am - 9pm / Rivers)
  • Gar (4pm - 9am / Ponds)
  • Arapaima (4pm - 9am / Rivers)
  • Saddled Bichir (9pm - 4am / Rivers)
  • Ribbon Eel (All day and night / Sea)
  • Saw Shark (4pm - 9am / Sea)
  • Hammerhead Shark (4pm - 9am / Sea)
  • Great White Shark (4pm - 9am / Sea)
  • Whale Shark (All day and night / Sea)
  • Suckerfish (All day and night / Sea)

New Bugs (December - Southern hemisphere)

  • Great Purple Emperor (4am - 7pm / Air)
  • Emperor Butterfly (5pm - 8am / Air)
  • Firefly (7pm - 4am / Air) - Note. Fireflies appear for one month only and will disappear again in January
  • Drone Beetle (All day and night / On trees)
  • Goliath Beetle (5pm - 8am / On palm trees)
  • Rainbow Stag (7pm - 8am / On trees)
  • Mosquito (5pm - 4am / Air)

New Sea Creatures (December - Southern hemisphere)

  • Abalone (4pm - 9am / Sea)
  • Gazami Crab (Any time / Sea)
  • Mussel (Any time / Sea)
  • Sea grapes (Any time / Sea)
  • Tiger Prawn (4pm - 9am / Sea)

This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which includes a Complete Fish List, Complete Bug List and Complete Sea Creatures List. If you're looking for specific fish or bugs, we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish, Golden Trout and all the Sharks and Beetles, along with a full list of critters leaving at the end of the month (unless you visit Kapp'n's Boat Tour islands, of course!).

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